Winter Car Buyer’s Guide: AWD Without an SUV or Truck

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BMW
The first thing you think of when you hear BMW may well be rear-wheel-drive, drivers' cars. That's true for the most part, but the brand does offer a number of all-wheel-drive cars for those of us in the Snowbelt. BMW used to only offer its xDrive all-wheel-drive system on sedans and wagons, but expanded it to coupes in 2007 when it redesigned the current 3-series. BMW now offers all-wheel-drive as an option throughout its 3-series, 5-series, and 7-series lineups, with the exception of the base 5- and 7-series and the V-12 7-series.

328i xDrive Coupe
Price: $39,475
AWD cost: $1900 (vs. 328i Coupe)
City/hwy mpg: 17/25, 17/26 (manual, auto)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city/3 mpg hwy, 1 mpg city/2 mpg hwy (manual, auto)

328i xDrive Sedan
Price: $36,525
AWD cost: $2000 (vs. 328i Sedan)
City/hwy mpg: 17/25, 17/26 (manual, auto)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city/3 mpg hwy, 1 mpg city/ 2 mpg hwy (manual, auto)

328i xDrive Wagon
Price: $39,075
AWD cost: $2000 (vs. 328i Wagon)
City/hwy mpg: 17/25, 17/26 (manual, auto)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg hwy, 1 mpg city and hwy (manual, auto)

335i xDrive Coupe
Base price: $45,925
AWD cost: $1900 (vs. 335i Coupe)
City/hwy mpg: 19/26, 18/27 (manual, auto)
AWD penalty: 2 mpg hwy, 1 mpg city and hwy (manual, auto)

335i xDrive Sedan
Base Price: $43,975
AWD cost: $2000 (vs. 335i Sedan)
City/hwy mpg: 19/26, 18/27 (manual, auto)
AWD penalty: 2 mpg hwy, 1 mpg city and hwy (manual, auto)

535i xDrive
Base price: $52,775
AWD cost: $2000 (vs. 535i)
City/hwy mpg: 19/29 (auto only)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city and hwy (auto)

550i xDrive
Base price: $62,875
AWD cost: $2300 (vs. 550i)
City/hwy mpg: 16/24 (auto only)
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city and hwy (auto)

535i xDrive Gran Turismo
Base price: $59,175
AWD cost: $2300 (vs. 535i Gran Turismo)
City/hwy mpg: 19/27
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city/3 mpg hwy

550i xDrive Gran Turismo
Base price: $67,075
AWD cost: $2300 (vs. 550i Gran Turismo)
City/hwy mpg: 15/22
AWD penalty: None

750i/750Li xDrive
Base price: $87,675/$91,575
AWD cost: $3000 (vs. 750i/750Li)
City/hwy mpg: 14/20
AWD penalty: 1 mpg city/2 mpg hwy (750i, 750Li)

gdoug
And, what about the Nissan Juke? I drove the AWD version. Neat little car, albeit a little quirky looking.
Phil Floraday moderator
Suzuki specifically calls the SX4 a crossover when it has awd. But we think it's a cool little vehicle.
robbase29a
What about the suzuki sx4?

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